Buddhist sutras often mention earthquakes.
Why do earthquakes happen? The earth quakes when people
quake, since people and earth are connected. When people
tremble, the earth also trembles. If people don't tremble,
the earth will not tremble either. Why did the earth shake
in six different ways when the Buddha entered nirvana? Out
of panic people's seven emotions and six desires gush forth.
That is an earthquake. An earthquake happens when you are
happy; an earthquake happens when you are unhappy or upset.
An earthquake occurs when you are melancholy or afraid. An
earthquake ensues when you are in love; an earthquake also
ensues when you are annoyed. A major earthquake definitely
takes place when your sexual urge arises. The earth quakes
when your seven kinds of emotions and six types of desires
quiver in your mind.
Why do earthquakes transpire in the
world? Everyone generates earthquakes on a daily basis;
people just don't realize that they're manufacturing seismic
activities daily. Romantic sentiments and love especially
churn out major earthquakes. When no one is in a state of
peace, a major earthquake occurs. "Forests, trees and
oceans" refer to parts of us. The hairs on our heads
symbolize forests of an ecosystem; the eyes, brows and
beards represent trees, while oceans represent our desires.
When we cannot control our thoughts and desires, major
When the Buddha was about to enter
nirvana, people shook hysterically. Those who usually didn't
cry wept. When the material world shivers, the imperceptible
world also shivers. When interior space shakes, the exterior
follows suit. When what's inside moves, what's outside does
the same. Whatever is within is also without. The internal
and the external are interdependent and interconnected. We
who dwell in romance and love daily are creating earthquakes
daily. This is a dangerous situation. Even though people are
at a critical juncture of birth and death, they are busy
producing earthquakes rather than being careful. We are
frightened only when our ground trembles noticeably. People
are not afraid of seismic activities when they are still
indiscernible. Since people have planted the causes for
earthquakes, however, they naturally bear the fruits of
earthquakes. People do not fear the causes they have
planted, but are scared to death of the fruits they now
None of you believe these words of mine today.